Welcome!

News Feed Item

Report Finds Major Weaknesses in California Kids' Well-Being Remain despite Recent Efforts

Economic Outcomes Tied to Fixing Problems in State's System of Supports for Children

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study provides a complete evaluation of the current status of California's kids to ensure that the state's leaders make sound policy decisions and keep kids a priority in 2014 and beyond. Released today by Children Now, the 2014 California Children's Report Card offers a detailed assessment of the advancements made in 2013 and a path forward as the Governor and Legislature begin to plan their agendas for the year.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140107/DC41505-a)

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140107/DC41505LOGO-b)

"The declining status of kids in California is the biggest threat to the health and economy of our state," said Ted Lempert, President of Children Now. "Californians across the board want to see children doing better and we need to hold the state's policymakers more accountable this year for making that happen."

The report covers 27 critical education, health and child welfare issues to highlight the reality that multiple, overlapping factors determine how kids are faring. Each issue area is defined, measured and graded – from A to F. For example, the report gives the issue of school finance reform a B-, recognizing the Local Control Funding Formula, passed in 2013, as a significant step in the right direction. But the related issue of K-12 investments gets a D, given the gap between California and the national average for per pupil spending – a strong predictor of academic outcomes – has widened substantially in recent years.

While the Report Card gives its highest grade, a B+, to children's health insurance coverage, it also shows health care access for the half of all California children who will be covered by Medi-Cal in 2014 remains a problem, giving this issue a C-. The report highlights that California's Medicaid spending per child is well below the national average and third lowest in the nation, resulting in too few providers serving Medi-Cal kids due to low reimbursement rates.

"The Report Card provides policymakers and the public with a clearer picture of how kids in our state are actually doing today, showing that a number of interdependent issues need to be addressed to really begin improving things for them," said Lempert. "When you consider that California ranks 11th nationally in per capita state and local tax revenues, but is ranked well below the national spending averages on the fundamental health and education components of children's well-being, there's a very strong case for adjusting our budget and policymaking priorities this year."

Other issues covered in the report and the grades they received range from oral health (D+) to Common Core implementation (B-) and teacher training and evaluation (D) to the health of foster youth (D+). Additional examples of the data and analysis provided include:

  • Children who attend high-quality preschools have higher high school graduation rates, higher lifetime earnings and are less likely to spend time in the criminal justice system. But, among California's 3- and 4-year-olds most likely to benefit from preschool, only 15% were attending high-quality, center-based programs.
  • 7 of the 10 fastest growing occupations are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and, by 2020, the demand in California for employees in STEM jobs is projected to be roughly 1 million. Yet, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, 75% of California's 8th graders are not proficient in national math standards, meaning they aren't learning what they need to in order to succeed in today's economy.
  • Developmental screenings are critically important for identifying delays or disabilities early in their onset. However, within 1 year, 72% or 1.7 million of California's youngest children did not receive any of the developmental screenings that are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Health care services offered at schools are especially important for children who lack routine access to a health care provider, such as the 1.8 million (19%) children in California who don't receive appropriate preventive medical care. Most school-based health services are provided in school-based health centers (SBHCs). Currently, only 2% of California's schools have a SBHC.

The report also points out that polling consistently shows strong public support for improving children's health and educational outcomes, and that a deep research base and the experiences of other states and countries shows investments in quality programs for kids would more than pay for themselves in terms of increased earnings and revenues, a stronger overall economy and decreased healthcare, corrections and other public costs later on.

The full report is available online at: www.childrennow.org/reportcard.

Children Now is the leading, nonpartisan, umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. The organization also leads The Children's Movement of California. Learn more about us at www.childrennow.org.

SOURCE Children Now

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, provided the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” used open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees learned where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructure. The...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support until we proved value and marketing did not have the experience, so we embarked on the journey ourselves within the product marketing team for our line of business within Progress. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Sum...
The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services a...
Virtualization over the past years has become a key strategy for IT to acquire multi-tenancy, increase utilization, develop elasticity and improve security. And virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming a main vehicle for developing and deploying applications. The introduction of containers seems to be bringing another and perhaps overlapped solution for achieving the same above-mentioned benefits. Are a container and a virtual machine fundamentally the same or different? And how? Is one techn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex softw...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
What sort of WebRTC based applications can we expect to see over the next year and beyond? One way to predict development trends is to see what sorts of applications startups are building. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arin Sime, founder of WebRTC.ventures, will discuss the current and likely future trends in WebRTC application development based on real requests for custom applications from real customers, as well as other public sources of information,
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
Whether you like it or not, DevOps is on track for a remarkable alliance with security. The SEC didn’t approve the merger. And your boss hasn’t heard anything about it. Yet, this unruly triumvirate will soon dominate and deliver DevSecOps faster, cheaper, better, and on an unprecedented scale. In his session at DevOps Summit, Frank Bunger, VP of Customer Success at ScriptRock, discussed how this cathartic moment will propel the DevOps movement from such stuff as dreams are made on to a practic...
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infra...
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The cloud competition for database hosts is fierce. How do you evaluate a cloud provider for your database platform? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Chris Presley, a Solutions Architect at Pythian, gave users a checklist of considerations when choosing a provider. Chris Presley is a Solutions Architect at Pythian. He loves order – making him a premier Microsoft SQL Server expert. Not only has he programmed and administered SQL Server, but he has also shared his expertise and passion with budd...
Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, represent...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.